Two protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar, died when police fired shots to tear apart a group of demonstrators. That‘s what emergency workers confirm to Reuters news agency.
Yesterday it was already announced that a young woman had died after the police shot her in the head during a demonstration. As far as we know, she is the first protester to die in the ongoing protests against the military coup d’état. So today there have been two more dead.
One of the victims died on the street after the riot police shot him in the head. The other one was hit by a bullet to the chest and succumbed to his injuries.
Some protesters shot the police in Mandalay with catapults. He responded to this with tear gas and shots. At first, it was not clear whether rubber or real bullets were used.
“ Twenty people were injured and two are dead,” says one of the aid workers to Reuters. The protesters demand that the military government resigned, and they also want the army to release political leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
In Myanmar, the military coup on 1 February and the arrest of Suu Kyi led to great unrest. Her party had won the parliamentary elections, but the army claims that there has been fraud. Since then, there has been daily demonstrations in the country. Tens of thousands of people come to the demonstrations.